Sat, Nov 28, 2015


Girl Scouts Celebrate "Women's History Month" On Capitol Hill

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More than 200 Girl Scouts, leaders and volunteers from across Tennessee celebrated Women’s History Month with a trip to the Tennessee Capitol on March.

During their visit, First Lady Crissy Haslam, Representative Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet), Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Legislative Librarian Eddie Weeks spoke to the girls about female leadership and how women earned the right to vote in Tennessee.

Representative Brenda Gilmore (D-Nashville) presented the Tennessee flag to Agenia Clark, president/CEO of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and to Peggy Pouncey and Julia Richter, volunteers with Girl Scouts Heart of the South.

“I was honored to speak to the Girl Scouts this week. The Girl Scout program has a long history of preparing young women to be leaders in their communities,” said Speaker Beth Harwell. “I enjoyed sharing with them what it’s like to be Speaker of the House in our historic House Chamber.”

The girls also learned firsthand how our state government works by participating in a mock vote in the Tennessee General Assembly about whether or not the price of Girl Scout Cookies should go up. (Keeping the price at $3.50 overwhelming won.)

“The Girl Scout Day on the Hill program was a truly unique experience for the girls and a great way for our legislators to see our future female leaders in action,” said Jenny Matheny, program manager at Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. “The girls enjoyed exploring the historic halls of the Capitol, participating in the mock vote, meeting their elected officials and learning about women’s suffrage at the Tennessee State Museum.”

By participating in this program, Girl Scouts earned the Tennessee State History patch.

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